SPRINGBORO, Ohio (WDTN) - Many of us remember playing with Legos as kids but some middle schoolers in Springboro are taking Legos to a whole new level.
It may look like a neat toy but this Lego robot has a task to complete.
Steven Lehman 8th grader on the Avengers team says, "The goal is to go program the robot so it can go around and do different missions related to the topic of that year. this year the topic is senior solutions."
A table acts as the game board. The robot has to flip flags, pick up chairs and move around all without anyone touching it. There are no joysticks or controllers, it's all a computer program.
This is Ojas Anand's second year participating in the Lego League. He wants to be an engineer and is one of the computer programmers on the Avengers.
"When you go forward and backward making turning basic that's simple but when you want to follow a line that starts to get more challenging," Anand says.
Across the hall another team is singing a different tune. The Brainy Bunch has three boys and three girls all trying to make sure their robot rolls onto victory.
Zachariah Phillips, Brainy Bunch team member says, "Our robot is designed differently than theirs and we use magnets and most of the parts are different like their wheels."
Despite the differences each team is trying to score the most points possible. But the robot is only one part of this competition. Each team had to come up with a project and the Brainy bunch designed a stove buddy to help prevent house fires.
"When we put a pan on it this detects it's metal and these two complete the circuit," says Carissa Borgemenke, Brainy Bunch team member.
Even though the projects and robots look different the end result is the same. A little healthy competition has made for a valuable life lesson.
"What we discover is more important than if we win and if we find a solution to a problem then that's a reward enough for us," says Steven Lehman.
Both teams are heading to the state competition which will be held in February at Wright State University.